Address of Working Men of Pittsburgh to Their Fellow Working Men in Pennsylvania
Pittsburgh: W.S. Haven, 1856.
Eight page campaign pamphlet issued on behalf of the Presidential campaign of John C. Fremont, first nominee of the Republican Party by working class allies of the Democracy who take umbrage to place of the Southern slave-owning aristocracy in the Democratic Party.
The dissidents supporting Fremont claim that a "practical aristocracy, owning Labor, and made thereby independent of us" has been established, a class of "gentlemen" which insults and demeans labor. "These aristocrats desire to extend this system over all the territories of the nation," the pamphleteers warn.
The pamphleteers herald the old Democratic Party as the champion of the rights at men, striking down federalism under Jefferson and having asserted "the true democratic principle of the right and the ability of the masses to govern themselves." Moreover, under Andrew Jackson, the Democracy had "conquered the combination which sought, by chartered privileges to capital, to give it an undue advantage over labor."
Today, however, "it is needless to argue that the present Democratic Party is fighting the cause of the slaveholder," the pamphleteers contend. Thus "the convention which nominated John C. Fremont" sought to unite with "the friends of freedom, in all parties...in opposition to slavery aggression."
The new organization claims to carry on in the multiparty tradition of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, James Monroe, Andrew Jackson, Henry Clay, and Daniel Webster. "With these guides, we feel that we have not gone astray."
An extensive list of signers of the document is appended.
Rare pamphlet (3 only showing in WorldCat in June 2017) scanned by Marty Goodman for the Riazanov Digital Library project. Uploaded to Archive.org by Tim Davenport ("Carrite") in June 2017.